No. 6 LSU was too much for Auburn on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
Cassanova McKinzy sacks LSU QB Zach Mettenberger/Todd Van Emst photo
Although Auburn fought until the very end, LSU simply had too much offensive firepower. And, Auburn made too many early mistakes to overcome.
The result: A 35-21 Auburn loss.
Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC) hasn't won at Tiger Stadium since 1999. LSU is now 64-5 in night games at Tiger Stadium, including a 40-2 record in nine years under coach Les Miles.
LSU (4-0, 1-0) was particularly good on offense, amassing 457 yards with an almost equal run-pass split. Running back Jeremy Hill rushed 25 times for 184 yards and three scores, often running through gaping holes in the Auburn defense.
LSU's offensive success started up front, where an experienced and talented line set the tone by getting a strong push much of the night.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 14 of 22 for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Hill started the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Less than two minutes later, Hill scored again after a botched Auburn punt attempt gave LSU the ball deep in Auburn territory.
By the half, it was 21-0.
Auburn's offense was flat early, turning it over twice in the opening half. By the time Gus Malzahn's crew got in any sort of groove, Auburn was already in a great hole.
Tre Mason's 2-yard touchdown run capped a strong drive set up by an interception, getting Auburn to within 21-7 with 12:39 remaining in the third quarter.
But LSU responded by going 75 yards in seven plays, and went ahead 28-7 on Hill's third touchdown of the night.
Auburn cut it to 28-14 on another Mason scoring run late in the third quarter. But again LSU answered with a touchdown of its own.
Trailing 35-21 late in the game, Auburn got into position to make things interesting, but the Tigers turned it over on downs in the final minute deep in LSU territory.
Mason finished with 132 yards and two scores on 26 carries.
After an awful first half, Marshall wound up 17 of 33 for 224 yards and two interceptions.
Auburn finished with 437 yards of offense, with about 75 percent coming in the second half.
Auburn is off next week, then plays host to Ole Miss on Oct. 5.
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